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The carotid artery carries blood through the neck to the brain. Blockage of this artery can lead to brain damage called a stroke.
A carotid artery endarterectomy is a surgery to remove the deposits from this artery. Deposits in arteries result in plaque. This can slow and even stop blood from flowing through the artery.
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This procedure helps to restore proper blood flow to the brain. This will help to prevent strokes and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) . TIAs are considered a warning sign of a coming stroke.
If you are planning to have an endarterectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Damage to the carotid artery
- High blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Nerve injury in the neck
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- The degree of blockage in your carotid artery
- Blockage of the carotid arteries on both sides of your neck
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After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site